Heathrow passenger numbers down 83% in March

12 April 2021, 11:43 AM
Heathrow Airport passenger numbers fell 83% in March compared to the same month last year, Britain’s biggest airport said in a statement on Monday, as the pandemic continued to hit travel.
Biden calls for probe into Minnesota police shooting, need to ensure accountability 13 April 2021, 2:30 AM

US President Joe Biden on Monday called for protests over the fatal police shooting of a 20-year-old Black man in Minnesota to be "peaceful" and said accountability needed to be assured through an investigation into the incident.

US COVID cases continue to rise, hospitalisations up for second week in a row 13 April 2021, 1:31 AM

The United States reported an 8% rise in new cases of COVID-19 to 490 000 last week, the fourth week in a row that infections have increased, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.

One killed, police officer hurt at high school shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee 13 April 2021, 1:11 AM

One person was killed at a Knoxville,Tennessee, high school on Monday and a police officer was wounded when police confronted an armed suspect.

Multiple victims in reported shooting at Knoxville, Tennessee school – Police 12 April 2021, 11:44 PM

Police in Knoxville, Tennessee said on Monday they were responding to reports of a shooting at a high school there with at least several victims. "Multiple gunshot victims reported, including a KPD officer.

Indian panel gives emergency approval for Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine: Sources 12 April 2021, 10:26 PM

An expert panel of India’s drugs regulator has recommended emergency use approval of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, two sources said on Monday, which could make it the nation’s third to be approved as infections surge again.

German Catholics chafe against Vatican’s same-sex marriage ruling 12 April 2021, 5:22 PM

Two days after he married his partner of many years, Anselm Bilgri, a former monk and prior at one of Germany's most famous monasteries, learned that the Vatican would not bless relationships like his.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi asks court to let her meet lawyers, activists urge New Year defiance 12 April 2021, 3:28 PM

As Suu Kyi appeared, her supporters called for people to show their opposition to the February 1 coup during this week’s traditional new year holiday in the largely Buddhist country.

India overtakes Brazil as world’s second worst-hit country by COVID-19 12 April 2021, 8:03 AM

India reported a record 168 912 COVID-19 infections overnight, data from the health ministry showed on Monday, overtaking Brazil to become the second-most affected country globally by the coronavirus.

Ecuador candidates cast their votes in presidential runoff 12 April 2021, 3:16 AM

Ecuador's presidential candidates cast their votes on Sunday in the presidential runoff election. 

Top US diplomat criticises China, says ‘need to get to the bottom’ of COVID-19 origin 11 April 2021, 10:02 PM

China's failure to provide access to global health experts made the COVID-19 pandemic worse than it had to be, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Sunday

Pacific island devotees of Prince Philip send their condolences 11 April 2021, 8:41 PM

The chief of an indigenous group in the South Pacific island of Vanuatu that venerated Prince Philip offered condolences to Britain’s royal family on Sunday and recalled meeting the late prince during a visit to England.

We’ve lost the ‘grandfather of the nation’, UK’s Prince Andrew says 11 April 2021, 5:25 PM

The death of Britain’s Prince Philip has deprived the nation of its grandfather and left a huge void for his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth, the couple’s second son said on Sunday.

Merkel’s party chief wants quick decision on chancellor candidate as pressure mounts 11 April 2021, 2:55 PM

The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, who wants to be their next candidate for chancellor in a September election

Xinjiang coalmine accident traps 21 – China state media 11 April 2021, 11:41 AM

Twenty-one miners are trapped in a flooded coalmine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing a local emergency department.

Peruvians head to polls with masks, pens and little excitement 11 April 2021, 3:09 AM

Peruvians were preparing to head to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election marked by uncertainty due to widespread public apathy following decades of graft and mismanagement and a possible low turnout because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ukraine says it could be provoked by Russian ‘aggression’ in conflict area 10 April 2021, 9:51 PM

Ukraine’s defence minister said on Saturday his country could be provoked by Russian aggravation of the situation in the conflict area of Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.

Funeral for UK’s Prince Philip to be held on April 17, Harry plans to attend 10 April 2021, 9:29 PM

The funeral service for Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, will be held on April 17, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday, confirming that Prince Harry was planning to attend.

Italy reports 344 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, 17 567 new cases 10 April 2021, 6:06 PM

Italy reported 344 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday against 718 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 17 567 from 18 938 the day before.

Iran orders 10-day shutdown amid 4th wave of coronavirus pandemic 10 April 2021, 3:17 PM

Iran imposed a 10-day lockdown across most of the country on Saturday to curb the spread of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported.

Artillery guns fire across UK in solemn tribute to Prince Philip 10 April 2021, 2:02 PM

Gun salutes were fired across Britain on Saturday to mark the death of Prince Philip as tributes flooded in for a man who was a pillar of strength for Queen Elizabeth during her record-breaking reign.

China reports 14 new COVID-19 cases in mainland vs 21 a day earlier 10 April 2021, 5:30 AM

Mainland China reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on April 9, down from 21 a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Saturday.

Pfizer, BioNTech seek US emergency nod for COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents 10 April 2021, 4:29 AM

Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE on Friday asked US regulators to allow the emergency use of their vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15.

WHO warns on Brazil COVID-19 outbreak as Bolsonaro blasts Senate inquiry 10 April 2021, 1:38 AM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday blasted a pending Senate inquiry on his handling of a record-breaking COVID-19 outbreak, which global health officials compared to a "raging inferno."

Norway prime minister fined by police over coronavirus rules violation 9 April 2021, 11:26 AM

Norwegian police said on Friday they have fined Prime Minister Erna Solberg for breaking COVID-19 social distancing rules when she organised a family gathering to celebrate her birthday.

Medical experts testify in George Floyd’s murder case 9 April 2021, 6:11 AM

Medical experts used anatomical diagrams and charts to testify on Thursday that George Floyd was killed by police pinning him to the ground, not a drug overdose, challenging a key assertion by former police officer Derek Chauvin in his murder trial for Floyd’s deadly arrest.

Japan to add Tokyo, other areas to COVID-19 ‘quasi-emergency’ state 9 April 2021, 4:03 AM

Japan aims to place Tokyo under a new, month-long "quasi-emergency" state to combat surging COVID-19 case numbers, a minister said on Friday, less than a month after the capital and host of the Summer Olympics lifted a broader state of emergency.

Gunman kills 1, wounds 6 in shooting at Texas cabinet business 9 April 2021, 2:07 AM

A gunman opened fire on Thursday at the cabinet making business in Texas where he worked, killing one person and wounding six others before he was taken into custody in the latest of several mass shootings in the United States over the past three weeks.

Brazil sets new daily COVID-19 death record as hospital supplies run low 9 April 2021, 1:52 AM

Brazil on Thursday set a new record of 4 249 coronavirus deaths in a day, as overwhelmed hospitals run low on supplies and the country nears record levels of deaths seen in the United States. 

At least six people injured in Texas shooting 9 April 2021, 12:50 AM

At least six people were injured in a shooting at an industrial park in central Texas on Thursday, local police told CNN, the latest in several episodes of mass gun violence in the United States over the past three weeks.

Vaccine rollout in England prevented 10 400 deaths by end-March – Study 8 April 2021, 11:54 PM

England's fast rollout of COVID-19 vaccines prevented over 10 000 deaths of people aged 60 and older by the end of March, according to an analysis by Public Health England.